I went to the Easter Vigil last night - nearly three hours of intense church, full of excitement when I walked into church, a feeling I don't normally encounter when I go to Mass. It was a really nice service - we have (what I think is) a good choir at St. Barnabas, and two soloists in particular who have just lovely voices that blend together beautifully. Aside from the choir, organist, and soloists, we had a flutist, a trumpeter, and a timpanist. And it made me...happy; the very long Mass (nearly three hours!) ended in Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." A very good way to spend my evening, as far as I was concerned.
I had made reservations for Chris and myself for lunch today at the PlattDuetsche Park Restaurant, where we had some very good German food: Hungarian mushroom soup and smoked trout with creamed horseradish to start; Chris ordered Wiener Schnitzel with a side of Spaetzle and a side of sauerkraut; I ordered braised beef Rouladen, which came with dumplings and red cabbage. For dessert, Chris ordered the apple strudel, while I got the chocolate mousse cake. Definitely a place to go back to - I think we were both surprised at how good our meal was.